Irish Ferries has triumphed at a major international shipping awards ceremony, taking home the Ferry Concept Award and the Interior Architecture Award for the recently launched cruise-ferry, the W.B. Yeats.
The annual Shippax Industry Awards ceremony, which was last night held aboard the MS Silja Serenade in Stockholm, recognises newly delivered ferries and cruise vessels that demonstrate creativity and design innovation.
Ahead of its maiden voyage from Cherbourg to Dublin tomorrow, the W.B. Yeats received the Shippax Interior Architecture Award for a contemporary design that employs understated elegance and natural tones throughout. Relaxing cabins and luxury suites, as well as attractive public areas such as the ‘Innisfree’ Club Class Lounge and the ‘Maud Gonne’ lounge and bar, were acclaimed. Unique style elements, including the use of energy efficient LED lighting systems, also received high praise.
With the flexibility to cover both short sea (Irish Sea) and long sea (Dublin-France) routes, the ship’s state-of-the-art design and configuration was also recognised by the jury who awarded the W.B. Yeats with the Shippax Ferry Concept Award. Measuring 195m in length and capable of transporting 300 cars, 165 trucks and 1,800 passengers, the W.B. Yeats is dynamic in design and modern in technology, meeting both tourism and freight customer needs. Its separate 295-car deck is located directly beneath the accommodation decks, guaranteeing easy access for passengers. While the separation of commercial vehicles improves safety and allows for an optimised 2,800-lanemetre cargo intake.
Andrew Sheen, Managing Director, Irish Ferries said: “The Shippax Awards are among the most prestigious accolades within the cruise-ferry industry, so we are incredibly proud that the W.B. Yeats has been recognised both for its stunning interior and innovative design. The ship is a game changer not just in terms of cruise-ferry travel between France and Ireland, but also in the context of setting a new benchmark for cruise-ferry travel world-wide.”
The W.B. Yeats cruise-ferry will embark on its maiden voyage from Cherbourg to Dublin tomorrow Friday 15 March. The sailing, the first of up to four departures per week from France to Dublin, is expected provide a major boost to trade and tourism between France and Ireland.